Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Native American Heritage Month

Each November, the Student Life Multicultural Center sponsors programming for Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) which celebrates and educates students, staff, faculty and allies about the diversity within over 573 Nations/Tribes that were here before, during and after contact.

There will be a variety of events including Alternative Thanksgiving, an alternative celebration to the Thanksgiving holiday, a highlighted event sponsored collaboratively between the Native American Indigenous Peoples Cohort (NAIPC) and American Indian Student Initiatives (AISI). 

For any questions about a particular event or NAHM programming in general, please contact Melissa Beard Jacob at

Native American Heritage Month 2019 Calendar of Events 

Alternative Thanksgiving
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union Performance Hall

Alternative Thanksgiving Celebration is an open alternative event to the Thanksgiving national holiday. This event gives Native American/Indigenous students an opportunity to create/nurture their Ohio State community as they would if they were at home within their tribal communities whether in an urban, reservation or traditional lands space. This is an event where friends and allies will learn about history and traditions of Native American/Indigenous peoples at the time of contact and differing viewpoints. Traditional Indigenous foods will be served in addition to a gluten-free and vegetarian option. RSVP is required. RSVP at:


Star Quilt Workshop with Martina Necklace
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Student Life Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room

Join American Indian/Indigenous Student Initiatives and Women Student Initiatives for a creative workshop on Star Quilts. Star Quilts are a culturally significant creative art primarily originating from Northern Plains tribes such as the Lakota and Dakota. Receiving a star quilt is one of the highest honors for Indigenous Peoples. This workshop with be led by Martina Necklace, a local Dakota artist and entrepreneur. Come learn about the history and significance of star quilts and how to make your own. All are welcome to come, learn and observe, however, due to the cultural significance of this art form we ask that the creation of star quilts during this workshop be reserved for Indigenous participants only. For more information, please contact Madison Eagle.


150th Sesquicentennial Celebration: The History of Native OSU
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union, Rosa M. Ailabouni Room

As a part of the 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration and Native American Heritage Month, join Intercultural Specialist Melissa Beard Jacob to learn more about the history of Native American student activism and culture at The Ohio State University. Additionally, this presentation will explore the historical and contemporary presence of Native American peoples on OSU’s campus.


First Year Success Series: How to Navigate Native American/Indigenous Student Services at OSU
Date and Time: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union, Suzanne Scharer Room

Do you identify as Native American/Indigenous and attend Ohio State University? This First Year Success Series session is designed to help first year, transfer, returning, and graduate students navigate Native American/Indigenous campus life. Additionally, students are able to get connected with campus and community resources, have an opportunity to ask questions about the climate on campus, connect with one another, and build community.


Internment: Now and Then
Date and Time: Monday, November 18, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hagerty Hall Room 180

In September of 2018, the number of migrant children in detention reached a peak of almost 12,800. While this number has decreased, the Trump administration recently issued an administrative rule allowing for the indefinite detention of children with their families.

This roundtable seeks to understand these events historically, through a discussion of previous instances of mass detention targeting racialized groups. Speakers will consider the experiences of intermnet of American Indians and Japanese-Americans alongside contemporary children and family detention and will invite the audience to reflect on how race, gender, and indigeneity illuminate the logic of confinement at play. This event is free and open to the public. Organized by The Center for Ethnic Studies and co-sponorsed by the Institute for Democrtaic Engagement and Acountability and the Center for Ethics and Human Values.

Panelists include: Natalie Cisneros, PhD (Seattle University), Lynn Itagaki, PhD (University of Missouri) and Addie C. Rolnick (University of Nevada).


The Gateway Film Center, Sundance Film Festival and Arthouse Convergence Short Film Screenings
Date and Time: November 15-20. Showtimes occur daily at 6:00 p.m. with additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. All films are screened together as one program.
Location: The Gateway Film Center, 1550 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

This new collection, which perfectly aligns with the mission of Gateway Film Center, was announced by the Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program Director N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache) at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The Sundance Institute Indigenous Program is supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Oneida Indian Nation, Surdna Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, SAGindie, New Zealand Film Commission, Indigenous Media Initiatives, Felix Culpa, Sarah Luther, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and Susan Shilliday.

Here are the six short films and the artists who created them:
• BIRDS IN THE EARTH (11 minutes), Marja Helander (Sámi)
• FAINTING SPELLS (10 minutes), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño)
• JAAJI APPROX. (8 minutes), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño)
• MY FATHER'S TOOLS (7 minutes), Heather Condo (Mi’gmaq)
• THROAT SINGING IN KANGIRSUK (4 minutes), Eva Kaukai (Inuit) and Manon Chamberland (Inuit)
• SHINAAB PART II (8 minutes), Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians).


Indigenous Rock Movements in Latin America
Date and Time: November 22, 2019 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m
Location: Student Life Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room

In this presentation, Intercultural Specialist Indra Leyva will talk about the music of the rock bands from Chiapas Mexico and their creation of “Batzi-rock”, a mixture of traditional indigenous music, rock and classical music, while using indigenous languages for their lyrics. Their music is a clear representation of when the local becomes global. She will look at their creative process as well as their marketing strategies to let their voices reach international markets.


Film Screening of Fire Song
Date and Time: November 25, 2019 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Student Life Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room 

Join LGBTQ Student Initiatives and the Native American Indigenous Peoples Cohort for a screening and discussion of the film Fire Song.


When a teenaged girl commits suicide in a remote Northern Ontario Aboriginal community, it's up to her brother Shane to take care of their family. Shane was supposed to move to the city for University in the fall, and he has been trying to convince his secret boyfriend to come with him, but now everything is uncertain. Shane is torn between his responsibilities at home and the promise of freedom calling to him from the city. He pushes through barrier after barrier, determined to take care of his mom and earn money for school. But when circumstances take a turn for the worse and Shane has to choose between his family or his future, what will he do?

To view the film trailer: